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The Way One Designer is Using Recycled Computers

Old TV's into Tiles

The rise of one technology usually leads to the demise of another. The rise of flat-panel technology is no exception. From televisions to tablets to laptops, flat screens have become standard for nearly any new device. However, the rise of the flat-panel has made CRT technology obsolete. CRT stands for cathode ray tube. You may know CRT better as the slightly curved glass screens that were used in old computer monitors and tube televisions. The screens were specially manufactured from lead glass to prevent shattering and to block X-ray emissions. As consumers have flocked to newer flat-panel devices, old CRT… read more

Energy from Footsteps

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With sustained growth in the population of urban regions, demand for power has increased drastically. Higher costs and less availability of fossil fuels means the need for innovation in harnessing alternative energy sources is urgently needed. One British company is working hard to make use of the urban “crowds” to generate power. A floor tile has been developed by Pavegen Systems Ltd that harvests energy from footsteps. The idea has enormous application when we consider the number of people who walk through a given area such as shopping malls, subways, and pedestrian paths everyday. The tile itself is green in colour, and is… read more

Crafting with Purpose

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There are enough ‘green’ projects to keep one busy for a lifetime. This isn’t a bad thing, I am all for the reuse of materials and as resources become limited it is often a necessity to reuse. However, reusing materials to make crafts with little purpose in themselves creates the same dilemma as the material you were trying to recycle in the first place. When reusing materials, we should keep in mind a purpose for the piece, ensuring it does not endure the same fate one might expect from a piece of macaroni art. This is to say, although it may no doubt receive a proud display at first, with the passing of time it is… read more